S Y SKY, CORDIALITY & BARBARA BEATRICE HEAD SOLID FIELD OF EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

S Y SKY, CORDIALITY & BARBARA BEATRICE HEAD SOLID FIELD OF EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;  SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD AT SANTA ANITA IS AT 11:30 A.M.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky, favored in seven out her eight lifetime starts, heads a field of eight California-bred or sired older fillies and mares in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Million Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Also prominent in Saturday’s Turf Sprint are Cordiality, who goes first time off a $62,500 claim for Peter Miller and Barbara Beatrice, who like S Y Sky, is trained by Phil D’Amato.  With two wins from four tries down the hillside S Y Sky also has the advantage of breaking from the far outside.

The Sunshine Million Filly & Mare Sprint is one of four Golden State Series races for California-bred or sire runners on Saturday’s 11-race program.

S Y SKY

Owner:  Nick Alexander

Trainer:  Phil D’Amato

A disappointing second as the 3-5 favorite in a state-bred allowance at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Jan. 10, this 5-year-old mare by Grazen, out of Alexander’s Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa, was an impressive winner of her lone hillside start in July, 2017 and her connections are hopeful a return to the hill will key a return to the Winner’s Circle on Saturday.  “That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” said D’Amato yesterday morning when asked about his approach to Saturday’s Turf Sprint.  “With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing.  She’s doing well.  She breezed this morning (a half mile in 48.60) as did Barbara Beatrice (a half mile on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”  Lightly raced but immensely talented, S Y Sky is 8-4-3-1 overall with earnings of $367,320.

CORDIALITY

Owner:  Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen

Trainer:  Peter Miller

Fresh off a banner year in which she won three of eight starts and banked $219,115, this 6-year-old mare by Papa Clem was claimed out of solid second place finish going a mile on turf here Dec. 30, very likely with the Turf Sprint in mind.  A winner of one of two starts down the hill, classy Cordiality has to rate a huge chance first time out for both Miller and jockey Drayden Van Dyke.  The leading money earner in the field with $429,280, her overall mark stands at 25-9-7-2.

BARBARA BEATRICE

Owner:  Queen B Racing, LLC & D’Amato

Trainer:  Phil D’Amato

Bred in California by D’Amato, this 7-year-old mare by Grazen, out of Showtime Apollo by Decarchy, was a well beaten fourth in the same race S Y Sky exits on Jan. 10 and Barbara Beatrice was no doubt in need of the outing.  Having been idle since May 19, the recent race should help her immensely.  Drawn well on the far outside, she, like her stablemate, has been lightly raced but very productive.  With an overall mark of 20-5-4-2, she has earnings of $350,554.

THE $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST ORDER 

Race 9 of 11                                         Approximate post time 3:40 p.m. PT

  1. Bella Luma–Geovanni Franco–122
  2. Pulpit Rider–Tyler Baze–122
  3. Halo Darlin–Brice Blanc–120
  4. Fiery Lady–Mario Gutierrez–120
  5. Cordiality–Drayden Van Dyke–122
  6. S Y Sky–Joe Talamo–120
  7. Queen Bee to You–120
  8. Barbara Beatrice–Tiago Pereira–120

DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE TAKES ON FAMILIAR RIVALS AS HE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF

DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE TAKES ON FAMILIAR RIVALS AS HE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF 

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s late running Irish Heatwave will head a field of seven California-bred or sired sophomores at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint, which is a part of the lucrative Golden State Series.

Primary among his competition are Reddam Racing’s homebred Listing, Academic Farms’ homebred Teacher’s Treasure and trainer Doug O’Neill’s Takeo Squared.

IRISH HEATWAVE

Owner:  Calumet Farm

Trainer:  Keith Desormeaux

A colt by legendary late stallion Unusual Heat, he comes off a gutty nose win over Listing down the hillside turf on Jan. 1.  A half length winner of a one mile turf maiden special weight versus state-breds two starts back on Nov. 3, he bids for his third consecutive win with apprentice Asa Espinoza up.  A late runner who’ll be making his fifth career start, Irish Heatwave could be victimized by what appears to a lack of pace in the Turf Sprint lineup.

LISTING

Owner:  Reddam Racing, LLC

Trainer:  Ben Cecil

By Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie and out of his Yonaguska mare Marquis Diamond, Listing is the only horse in the field to have defeated Irish Heatwave, as he prevailed over his rival by 7 ½ lengths in the state-bred I’m Smokin Stakes, which was Listing’s first start on Aug. 31 at Del Mar.  By California’s current top stallion, look for Listing to bring his “A-Game” in the Turf Sprint, which will be his fifth career start.

TEACHER’S TREASURE

Owner:  Academic Farms

Trainer:  Eddie Truman

A chestnut gelding by Square Eddie, he’s done little wrong, finishing no worse than third in four starts.  Out of the Half Term mare Corissa’s Birthday, Teacher’s Treasure pressed the pace throughout and was third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a hillside turf allowance won by Irish Heatwave on Jan. 1 and certainly rates an upset chance with regular pilot Edgar Payeras back in the saddle.

TAKEO SQUARED

Owner:  EC Racing, LLC, MyRacehorse.com, Lyle Egan and Steve Rothblum

Trainer:  Doug O’Neill

Fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths in the same hillside turf allowance that Irish Heatwave, Listing, Teacher’s Treasure and Offshore Affair exit, the same hillside allowance on New Year’s Da.  Takeo Squared, who was bred by EC Racing and Rothblum, is yet another gelded son of Square Eddie.  Devoid of early foot, he’ll hope to make his presence felt from off the pace in what will be his ninth career start.

THE $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

 

Race 3 of 11                                    Approximate post time 12:30 p.m. PT

  1. Our Silver Oak–Drayden Van Dyke–120
  2. Teacher’s Treasure–Edgar Payeras–120
  3. Takeo Squared–Rafael Bejarano–120
  4. Irish Heatwave–Assael Espinoza–122
  5. Listing–Mario Gutierrez–124
  6. Tivan–Kent Desormeaux–124
  7. Offshore Affair–Tyler Baze–124

EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS

 EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD AT SANTA ANITA IS AT 11:30 A.M. 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–A group of six top older California-bred or sired sprinters will square off at six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, headed by last year’s winner Edward’s Going Left, newly turned 4-year-old Heck Yeah and leading money earner, Richard’s Boy.

EDWARDS GOING LEFT

Owner:  Hronis Racing, LLC

Trainer:  John Sadler

Most recently second, beaten 6 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in the state-bred Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 18, this 5-year-old Midnight Lute gelding was a respectable fourth behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6.  Although winless in five starts since winning the Cal Cup Sprint a year ago, Edwards Going Left rates a huge chance for a repeat on Saturday with Tyler Baze back aboard.

HECK YEAH

Owner:  Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband & Bob Baedeker

Trainer:  Bob Baffert

Nearly unbeaten with four wins from five starts, this 4-year-old colt by Acclamation would appear to have more upside than anyone else in the field as he faces older horses for the first time.  A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, Heck Yeah, who was bred by Pageler and is out of his Maria’s Mon mare Lutess, has been idle since breezing to a 2 ¼ length win in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here on April 7.  With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride, Heck Yeah come into the Sprint with a solid work tab to his credit and hails from a barn internationally renowned for “getting ’em ready.”

RICHARD’S BOY

Owner:  Rockingham Ranch

Trainer:  Peter Miller

The leading money earner in the field with $947,355, this 7-year-old Idiot Proof gelding is thought to be at his best on turf, as six of his nine wins have come there.  However, he comes off a big second, beaten a head by veteran St. Joe Bay in a five furlong classified allowance Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos, earning a Cal Cup Sprint best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 99.  With Flavien Prat away to ride at Gulfstream on Saturday, hot apprentice Heriberto Figueroa will ride for the first time.  With two wins from five Santa Anita starts, venerable Richard’s Boy is 35-9-11-5 overall.

THE $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 4 of 11                                          Approximate post time 1 p.m. PT

  1. Edwards Going Left–Tyler Baze–122
  2. Minoso–Martin Pedroza–120
  3. Shades of Victory–Geovanni Franco–122
  4. Richard’s Boy–Heriberto Figueroa–120
  5. Heck Yeah–Drayden Van Dyke–122
  6. Touching Rainbows–Tiago Pereira–120

CLASSY ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, MARCKIE’S WATER & HE WILL HEAD WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 11 CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES IN THE $200,000 UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC AT 1 1/8 MILE ON TURF THIS SATURDAY

CLASSY ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, MARCKIE’S WATER & HE WILL HEAD WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 11 CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES IN THE $200,000 UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC AT 1 1/8 MILE ON TURF THIS SATURDAY  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–Classy millionaire Ashleyluvssugar, upstart Marckie’s Water, defending champ Rye and well accomplished He Will head a wide open field of 11 older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita lawn.

A winner of the 2017 California Cup Turf Classic under the same conditions, Ashleyluvssugar, an 8-year-old gelding by Game Plan who is trained by Peter Eurton, comes off a close fifth place finish in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 23.

Trained by Richard Baltas, Marckie’s Water, who stalked “Ashley” for most of the way in the Turf Cup at Del Mar and ended up fourth, a half length in front of her, showed the way two starts back in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship here on Sept. 30 and finished second, beaten a half length.

Jerry Hollendorfer’s He Will, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite going one mile on turf in a state-bred classified allowance here on Dec. 31, will be ridden for the first time by Geovanni Franco and will hope to be rolling late.

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR

Owner:  Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC

Trainer:  Peter Eurton

Bred in California by his owners, Ashleyluvssugar is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly.  A winner of 10 out of his 30 career starts, he’s also won five graded stakes while banking $1,393,039.  Although he may’ve lost a step, he’s been keeping good company, evidenced by his last two starts, as he was beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup and a half length in the John Henry Turf Classic.  With Tyler Baze back aboard for the second time in a row, trainer Eurton assessed his chances thusly early this morning:  “He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run.  As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”

MARCKIE’S WATER

Owner:  Little Red Feather Racing and Norman Tavares

Trainer:  Richard Baltas

A 5-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule and out of the Stravinsky mare Russian River, he appears to be at the top of his game for Baltas, as he comes off a solid fourth place finish in which he was beaten    1 ¾ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup.  A one length winner of a second condition allowance at 1 ¼ miles on turf two starts back here on Oct. 26, he’s posted Beyer Speed figures 94 and 93 in his last two starts and gets back to a distance at which he’s won two out of four starts.

RYE

Owner:  Joseph P. Morey Revocable Trust

Trainer:  William Morey

Winless in just four starts since taking last year’s Turf Classic, this 6-year-old full horse by English Channel, out of the Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat, was most recently an even fourth, beaten five lengths in a six furlong classified allowance versus open company at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 10.  Having been idle since well beaten here in the one mile turf Crystal Water Stakes on May 20, Rye could certainly improve by many lengths in his second start off the bench.  With last year’s Turf Classic jock Kent Desormeaux back aboard, look for Rye to drop far back early as he tries to make a big run from off the pace.

HE WILL

Owner:  All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Team Green, LLC, Randall & Todaro

Trainer:  Jerry Hollendorfer

A 7-year-old full horse by Cyclotron, out of the Lear Fan mare Could She, He Will was far back early in a one mile turf allowance versus statebreds Dec. 31 and flattened out late to finish fourth, beaten three lengths as the 2-1 favorite.  Fourth, beaten one length by Rye in last year’s Turf Classic, He Will should have a fast pace to run at with Geovanni Franco aboard for the first time.

THE UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 11 of 11                                  Approximate post time 4:40 p.m. PT

  1. Accountability–Joe Talamo–120
  2. Unusually Green–Luis Ocasio–120
  3. Rye–Kent Desormeaux–122
  4. The Street Fighter–Tiago Pereira–120
  5. Marckie’s Water–Mario Gutierrez–120
  6. Incredible Luck–Edgar Payeras–120
  7. Camino Del Paraiso–Ricardo Gonzalez–120
  8. Tough It Out–Brice Blanc–120
  9. Ashleyluvssugar–Tyler Baze–120
  10. King Abner–Drayden Van Dyke–120
  11. He Will–Geovanni Franco–120

Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Santa Anita’s Top ‘O The Stretch area will be open for Early Bird wagering at  8 a.m.  Saturday is also Pegasus World Cup Day, as the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will highlight a blockbuster card from Gulfstream Park.

HEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA UNLEASHES FURIOUS STRETCH RALLY TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS

HEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA UNLEASHES FURIOUS STRETCH RALLY TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY PRAT AND TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, SHE GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:34.82

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–Aided by some unexpected early pace pressure to the eventual runner-up, heavily favored Vasilika came rolling from off the pace to take Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Vasilika, a miracle $40,000 claim 11 starts back, got a mile over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” in 1:34.82.

An attentive fifth a half mile from home, Prat sat chilly as Joel Rosario, aboard La Sardane, went after pacesetter Ms Bad Behavior.  Full of run while well within herself around the far turn, Vasilika rallied four-wide turning for home and ran down Ms Bad Behavior inside the sixteenth pole to win going away.

“When Drysdale’s filly (La Sardane) made that early move, it put pressure on Smith’s filly (Ms Bad Behavior and it helped me,” said Prat, who has now guided Vasilika to nine wins (four of them graded stakes) in her last 10 starts.  “I didn’t want to be in a hurry, but she really picked it up and she finished well.  I think a mile and one eighth might be her best (distance).”

A winner of eight consecutive races prior to finishing fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at one mile on turf Dec. 2 at Del Mar, Vasilika was off at 3-5 in a field of six older fillies and mares and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.

Claimed on Feb. 11 of last year, Vasilika, a 5-year-old mare by Skipshot who is out of the Marquetry mare La Belle, is owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, has now won nine out her 11 starts for her new connections and improved her overall resume to 29-14-4-3.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $818,595.

“You know, you never expect this kind of thing to happen, but occasionally it does,” said Hollendorfer.  “I hope she fits in our program, we did some extra work on her but you know, she’s blossomed into a very nice mare now.  Flavien did his usual great job and got her out just in time.  She ran them down and we can’t ask for more.”

Ms Bad Behavior, who bounced out to a 2 ½ length lead after the first quarter mile, relinquished the early advantage to La Sardane heading past the half mile pole while at the rail.  Under clever handling from Smith, she was able to re-take the lead leaving the quarter pole and finished a head in front of Zaffinah in a huge effort.

Off as the third choice at 4-1, Ms Bad Behavior paid $3.20 and $3.00.

Irish-bred Zaffinah finished well from off the pace to be third, six lengths clear of La Sardane.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zaffinah was the biggest price in the field at 36-1 and paid $4.40 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.29, 1:11.39 and 1:23.25.

Racing resumes on Friday at Santa Anita with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR STILL SWEET ON RACING
  • TRUMAN HOPES TO ‘POST’ TURF SPRINT WIN
  • D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR F&M TURF SPRINT
  • LIVE MONEY RAINBOW POOL OVER $1.5 MILLION

 

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WIN

In his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. Not too shabby for an eight-year-old  California-bred gelding that might be long in the tooth but not short on class.

Saturday, the son of Game Plan goes for his second victory in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, having won it in 2017.

“He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the durable bay, earner of $1,393,039 in a 30-race career, of which he has won 10. “As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”

The Turf Classic is one of four stakes Saturday showcasing California-breds, the others being the $$150,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $100,000 Turf Sprint Stakes.

TWO EDDIES ON COURSE FOR CAL CUP TURF SPRINT

Eddie Truman hopes the buck stops with a good post position for Teacher’s Treasure in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill grass course.

The chestnut gelding by Square Eddie-Corissa’s Birthday makes his stakes debut and his second start on turf after running third on Santa Anita’s unique venue on New Year’s Day when breaking from the No. 2 post position.

“I think he’s going to move a couple lengths forward off that race, especially if he draws an outside post,” Truman said. “The two hole is such a disadvantage coming down the hill.”

Edgar Payeras has ridden Teacher’s Treasure in each of his four races, winning one, with one second and two thirds. “He just lost his ‘bug’ and he’s been riding at Los Al, but he’s always worked this horse for me and my owners love him,” Truman said of the 24-year-old native of Guatemala.

“The horse is a homebred so he’s kind of a Cinderella story. The owners are Larry Samovar and his wife, Carolyn, who campaign as Academic Farms. They’re from Ramona and I’ve been with them 35, 40 years.

“We’re big supporters of the Cal-bred program, and to finally get this mare to Square Eddie has really showed she can produce a good horse.”

D’AMATO COULD RUN THREE IN F&M TURF SPRINT

Phil D’Amato plans to enter Barbara Beatrice, S Y Sky and possibly Lovely Linda in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.

S Y Sky returns on a seemingly short turnaround, having run second as the 7-10 favorite on Jan. 10.

“That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” the trainer said of the five-year-old Grazen mare owned and bred by Nick Alexander. S Y Sky has never been out of the money in eight starts and favored in seven them, four at odds-on.

“With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing. She’s doing well. She breezed this morning (four furlongs in 48.60) as did Barbara (four furlongs on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”

Joe Talamo rides S Y Sky, while Tiago Pereira pilots Barbara Beatrice for the 20th time in what will be her 21st career race. Pereira rode her in her first race way back on Jan. 11, 2015, then three more before Talamo ended the skein, but has been on the seven-year-old gray daughter of Grazen bred by D’Amato for her last 15 races in a row.

SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT

Along with one dollar beers and sodas, fans have a guaranteed $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita.

With Santa Anita guaranteeing a $2 million Rainbow Six Jackpot up until a designated mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2, a cascade of “new” money continues to pour into the popular 20 cent minimum wager, evidenced by Sunday’s “new” money handle of $520,286, which helped to create a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,540,495.

For the third consecutive day, there will be a 10-race card today. Accordingly, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six will begin with race five, which has an approximate post time of 2:03 p.m. PT. For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

20¢ Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot Guarantee: $2,000,000

20¢ Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot Guarantee: $2,000,000

Next Event FridayJanuary 2510:30 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, January 19 through Friday, Feb. 1: $2,000,000 Single Ticket Jackpot Guarantee*

To boost the popular 20¢ Rainbow Pick 6, Santa Anita will guarantee the single ticket jackpot at $2,000,000 for Saturday, January 19 through Friday, Feb. 1*. Get in the action!

Play on-track or where ever you like to play Santa Anita Park! Racing Information. 

20¢ Rainbow Pick 6

  • To win the 20 Cent Rainbow Pick 6, the player must select the winners of 6 consecutive designated races. Usually, the last 6 races of the card.
  • To win the Single Ticket Jackpot, the player must hold the only unique ticket to select the winners of the 6 consecutive designated races.
  • If no single player hits the Rainbow Pick 6, that designated portion of the pool rolls over to the Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot Pool.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Monday, January 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $25,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Megahertz S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, January 26 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $32,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $33,000
Race 3 California Cup Turf Sprint S. $100,000
Race 4 California Cup Sprint S. $150,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 7 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000
Race 8 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 9 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint S. $150,000
Race 10 Claiming – $12,500 $18,000
Race 11 Unusual Heat Turf Classic S. presented by City National Bank $200,000

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019

RYE SET TO DEFEND HIS TURF CLASSIC TITLE
  • CHAMPION ROY H CRUISES IN PALOS VERDES
  • FIGUEROA DISPLAYS POWER OF PUERTO RICO
  • GAME WINNER WORKS TOWARDS SAN FELIPE
  • $2 MILLION GUARANTEE IN RAINBOW JACKPOT

 

‘MOREY’ THE MERRIER WITH CAL-BREDS ON DISPLAY SATURDAY

Rye, one of trainer Bill Morey’s major bread winners among his large stable that spans north to south, is set to defend his title in this Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank.

A son of English Channel out of the Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat, Rye remains a full horse at age six. He won the Classic by a head last year under Kent Desormeaux, who will be aboard again for the nine furlong grass test on Saturday. Rye worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.80.

“We gave him some time off (from May 20 to Jan. 10) and I was only able to get one prep race in him up north, but we’re going to give it our best,” Morey said.

That’s usually the case with Rye, who has eight wins from 20 career starts, with no seconds and five thirds, earning $326,118. Not bad for a horse claimed for $20,000 in February of 2016 at Golden Gate Fields.

Morey, who has 60 head in training, 30 at Santa Anita and 30 in the Bay Area, makes his presence felt in both locales. He has four wins, four seconds and five thirds from 23 starts through 16 days at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet.

He also plans to enter Our Silver Oak in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Drayden Van Dyke rides Our Silver Oak, while Rafael Bejarano will be on Takeo Squared for Doug O’Neill and Edgar Payeras aboard Teacher’s Treasure for Eddie Truman in the race.

The Turf Sprint is one of four stakes that day showcasing California-breds, the others being the aforementioned Turf Classic, plus the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $150,000 California Cup Sprint Stakes.

All four events are expected to draw well at the entry box, with the Classic likely to attract Accountability (Joe Talamo), Ashleyluvssugar (Tyler Baze), Camino Del Pariso (Ricardo Gonzalez), He Will (Geovanni Franco), King Abner (Drayden Van Dyke), Marckie’s Water (Mario Gutierrez) and The Street Fighter (Tiago Pereira), in addition to Rye.

ROY H JUST KEEPS ROLLING IN PALOS VERDES

Roy H is the sprinter that keeps on giving.

The two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion enhanced his gaudy resume Saturday with a four-length romp in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, winning it for the second straight year, this time in a glittering six furlong time of 1:08.89, earning a 109 Beyer Figure.

“The track’s been playing (slow) and he was just cruising,” said trainer Peter Miller, who is expected to collect Roy H’s second consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation’s top sprinter this Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

“He’s a pro’s pro and you know he’s the LeBron James of sprinters . . . In the words of the late Chick Hearn, he’s as cool as the other side of the pillow, so nothing bothers him . . . ”

Roy H now has a 10-5-2 mark from 23 starts with earnings of $3,139,765.

PUERTO RICO MAKES ITS PRESENCE FELT AT SANTA ANITA

Heriberto Figueroa is one of the best-kept secrets on the Southern California circuit so far, but that’s likely to change soon. Winning races in bunches for assorted trainers will do that.

“He’s learning every day; that’s what we’re concentrating on,” said his agent, Nelson Arroyo. “He’s getting better every day and he has all the natural talent in the world. Now he’s putting it all together.

“He watches replays every day, stays humble, and that’s the main thing with him. He’s improving all the time and you’ll see that every week.”

Figueroa, like Arroyo a native of Puerto Rico, is a 19-year-old graduate of the Island Nation’s famed Escuela Vocacional Hipica riding school, which has produced the dynamic Ortiz brothers, Jose and Irad Jr., Evin Roman, John Velazquez and Manuel Franco,  among others.

“He attended the jockey school for two years in Puerto Rico,” Arroyo said. “He rides for several different top trainers and in the mornings, works for everybody every single set just about every day.”

But wait. There’s more.

Arroyo expects another promising young rider from Puerto Rico to be under his wing at Santa Anitua shortly.

“The same person who called me about Heriberto called me again and told me I had to look at this kid. ‘I think I found you another freak,’” he said. “I watched him ride his first race on Jan. 1 in Puerto Rico and he looked like a professional. He looked like Angel Cordero on a horse and I’m not BS-ing.”

The rider is 19-year-old Jorge Velez, who tacks about 108 pounds.

“He attended the jockey school for one year, but instead of staying there, he went to Cordero in New York for five months, but when he was about to get his license there, he fell from a horse and broke his collar bone and was out for five months. While there, he worked for Gary Contessa and Mark Hennig.

“He returned to Puerto Rico and decided to do a second year at the school. So instead of most apprentices, who only have two years at the school, he had two plus an extra five months with Angel Cordero teaching him personally in New York.”

$2 MILLION GUARANTEED SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX TODAY

For the second consecutive day, Santa Anita Park will guarantee $2 million in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, as there was no single ticket winner on Saturday.

With a $2 million guaranteed Jackpot and a live money Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover of $918,801 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, there was $442,962 in “new” money wagered Saturday, creating a total Rainbow Six pool $1,361,763. With no singleton, there is a live money carryover into Sunday of $1,020,209.

First post time for a pair of 10-race cards Sunday and Monday is 12 noon.

Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:03 p.m. PT.

PANTSONFIRE RUNS TO LATE BETTING AS SHE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT

PANTSONFIRE RUNS TO LATE BETTING AS SHE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY BALTAS, IRISH-BRED MARE GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:27.83

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2019)–At 6-1 on the morning line, Pantsonfire didn’t know it, but she was the recipient of a cascade of late money, which made her the actual 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes, a marathon turf event that she rallied late in to win by 5 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one half over a “good” Santa Anita turf in 2:27.83.

Fifth, about nine lengths off the lead as the field crossed the finish line the first time, Pantsonfire and Prat were content to maintain their position up the backside as frontrunners India Mantuana and Plein Air ensured a good pace.  Heading into the far turn, Pantsonfire was on the move and a much closer fifth as she rallied four deep turning for home in what turned out to be an easy victory.

“We had a good pace to run at,” said Prat, who was aboard for the first time.  “She rated kind and she was travelling well the whole way.  I thought Mike Smith’s filly (K P Pergoliscious) would be tough, but my filly gave me a good kick turning for home.”

Fourth in her most recent start, a minor stakes on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 8, Pantsonfire, who was also winless in her last seven starts, was off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine older fillies and mares and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $3.00.

Owned by Next Wave Racing, Pat Maciariello, Jeremy Peskoff and Mark Silverstein, Pantsonfire notched her first stakes win and got her fourth win from eight Santa Anita stars while improving her overall mark to 20-4-2-4.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $218,936.

“The race kinda set up for her and she’d been training really well,” said Baltas.  “And, getting Flavien sure helps…She loves Santa Anita, she got a good ride from Flavien…And she got the job done.”

Ridden by Mike Smith, K P Pergoliscious sat third for most of the trip in behind the dueling leaders and had to settle for second money, finishing a half length in front of Lynne’s Legacy.  Most recently second here in the Grade I American Oaks on Dec. 29, she was off as third choice in the betting and paid $4.00 and $3.40.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Lynn’s Legacy was off at 11-1 to and paid $5.00 to show while finishing a half length in front of Plein Air.

Fractions on the race were 23.85, 47.02, 1:11.49, 1:37.03 and 2:03 flat.

There is special Martin Luther King Day Holiday racing tomorrow at Santa Anita, with first post time for a 10-race card at 12 noon.